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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Frisco Heritage showing progress in second year

By Jeff Andrews

Frisco Heritage may become the next Frisco ISD team to make a quick rise to prominence.

The school has its first full senior class via Frisco Liberty, and the team reached an important milestone last week by tallying its first district win in its brief history.

The Coyotes (2-2, 1-0 in 9-4A) took a 25-17 win from Carrollton Creekview after jumping to an early 17-0 lead.

The win could be a sign of things to come in a wide-open District 9-4A. Last year’s district powers -- Liberty and Carrollton Newman Smith -- both have question marks.

Newman Smith (0-4, 0-1) has yet to win a game, and Liberty (4-0, 1-0) doesn’t have a full senior class, ironically because it was divided by the opening of Heritage.

That could lead to a changing of the guard in the district, and as Liberty showed two years ago, anything is possible. In only its second year of existence, Liberty snuck into the playoffs in 2009 because of a tiebreaker and proceeded to go three rounds deep in the playoffs.

Heritage’s offense has shown marked improvement, becoming one of the better units in the area in Class 4A.

Quarterback Cole-Bailey Cantwell has thrown for 949 yards and 10 touchdowns, and the running game is led by Jacob Harrison (414 yards, four touchdowns) and Oscar Gomez (293 yards and two touchdowns).